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Fascinating book. The author spent time in Oklahoma researching dying languages, and looking for surviving speech communities. It was much less about linguistics than I thought it would be, but more about the big picture of language, what it means to a community, what it means for a language to die. I learned a lot about Native American cultures from this as well. The best chapter was about her attempt to learn Cherokee, and another that stood out introduced a couple of Seminole rappers.
2010- The title is a bit of a misnomer, the author's focus is on Native American languages within Oklahoma, with a real focus on Cherokee. This book had some very interesting sections, including when the author tries to find someone to teach her (a white woman) how to speak Cherokee. I only wished she had examined some other Native American languages in detail as well.